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Musical Advent

Musical diversity at the Konzerthaus

  • December 19 An evening in Advent: reading by Peter Simonischek, with the Sonare string quartet and countertenor Alois Mühlbacher
  • December 20 Alma: Cherubim
  • December 22 Philharmonic Five: Christmas Fairytales
  • December 22 Christmas with Jonas Kaufmann
  • December 23 Christmas of the Bolschoi Don Kosaken choir

Concert calendar / Wiener Konzerthaus

Advent at the Musikverein

  • December 14 Christmas at the Wiener Musikverein with the Donau Philharmonie Wien
  • December 18 Vienna University Philharmonic: Christmas and More
  • December 18, 19 Wiener Domorchester & Domchor (Cathedral Orchestra & Choir): Christmas Concert
  • December 18 Orchester Wiener Akademie: Bach's Christmas Oratorio
  • December 22 Christmas with the City of Music Orchestra Vienna

Concert calendar / Musikverein

Trumpet sounds to the organ

Treasures of the Viennese classical period and traditional Christmas songs sound particularly festive when played on brass instruments. Such as at the Advent concert series Trumpet magic in Advent in the Baroque St. Anne's Church. (Fr, Sa, Su November 26 - December 19 and December 8)

Trumpets in Concert – A Very Special Christmas: festive Baroque music, church music and cheerful Christmas songs are performed on trumpet and organ in the Minoriten Church (December 16 & 19).

More church concerts

On the weekends in Advent, the Capuchin Church also invites you to Advent concerts from Friday to Sunday (December 17, 18, 23). The Wiener Kaiserquartett and solo singing as well as a program of the most beautiful Christmas songs and festive music will get you in the mood for Christmas.

And in Vienna's most famous church, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the musicians of the Harmonia Ensemble Wien perform a reflective gathering in a chamber music formation with soprano and baritone solos (December 18, always Fr, Sa, also December 23). The Giant Organ inside St. Stephen's Cathedral is played on the Sundays in Advent, with the mighty sounds from more than 12,500 pipes filling the building. The program of the Advent organ concerts ranges from Bach to Franck and the best-known Advent songs. The console stands centrally in the nave and enables a clear view of the organist and his virtuoso playing on the five manuals and pedals.

St. Stephen's Cathedral is also the venue for a Christmas concert highlight: on December 14, the Wiener Symphoniker give the concert Viennese Advent, together with the Vienna Boys' Choir, Chorus Viennensis, and vocal soloists. – It's how Christmas sounds in Vienna. If you can't be there live, watch the broadcast on ServusTV!

Choral singing & Viennese Christmas

Great emphasis is placed on singing in the world's capital of music. The Vienna Boys' Choir performs the Advent concert series Good Shepherds in its acoustically brilliant MuTh Concert Hall (December 7-11). On the program: Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" and "Silent Night".

In the Orangery of Schönbrunn Palace, the Viennese Christmas takes visitors on a musical journey through classic Christmas melodies and forgotten Advent songs. All served up with mulled wine and lemonade. (Lots of dates from December 15 - 26).

Gospel power

  • The full voices of The Christmas Gospel ring out in the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) with feeling and temperament as they sing classics such as "Oh Happy Day" and "Amazing Grace" as well as modern soul ballads. (December 17, 18)

Shows at the Stadthalle

Christmas in Viennese: a bit different

Show entertainment of a high standard as well as current best-of programs characterize the festival Wintertainment 2021. Music, theater, cabaret, variety and comedy combine to create a varied series of offerings. Christmas elements are included – but discreetly and without the kitsch. If you're looking for alternative programs to traditional Advent concerts, then head to the Theater am Spittelberg (December 17-23).

The Christkind can listen along: Slavko Ninic and the Wiener Tschuschenkapelle give a Christmas Special on Christmas Eve itself in the Porgy & Bess jazz club. The band is a fixed feature of the Austrian music landscape, famous for exuberant concerts and musical originality. Its repertoire: traditional and self-composed songs of the Balkan countries, from the Mediterranean and Orient, from Russia, with a touch of Wienerlied and echoes of gypsy jazz. Live-streaming from 9.00 pm!

MORE ADVENT CONCERTS UPDATED ON A DAILY BASIS

Program changes possible due to Covid-19 – see websites of the organizers and the official measures.

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